Former Vice President Joe Biden said last year that he told former President Barack Obama during his administration that “China is not our problem,” a position likely to draw additional scrutiny as the coronavirus pandemic escalates.
“I’ve met virtually every major world leader in the last 40 years — not hyperbole, fact,” the likely Democratic presidential nominee said in October. “We talked about China. I said China is not our problem. China is not our problem if we invest and remember who we are. Imagine the situation — I’ve spent more time with Xi Jinping than any world leader had before I left the vice presidency.”
The former vice president’s record on China is expected to play a big role in the 2020 presidential election. President Donald Trump has criticized China for it’s role in the coronavirus pandemic, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. The virus has now led to thousands of deaths throughout the world and shut down significant portions of the global economy.